Seatback TVs will be removed from all A320s and A321s…

Abu Dhabi based Etihad Airways, based out of Abu Dhabi, have unveiled new economy seats for their short-haul flights that will no longer feature individual TV screens for passengers.

The new, layout will apply to the narrow-bodied A320 AND A321 planes, which cater to short-haul flights within a 5-hour radius of Abu Dhabi.

The ‘ergonomically-designed’ seats, will provide increased knee room for passengers, and will also have a USB charging port and holder for a phone or tablet. So fear not, using their wireless streaming service, you’ll still be able to enjoy more than 300 hours of entertainment to keep you busy during your flight.

You can get access to the steaming service through the E-BOX STREAM app, which you’ll need to download to your device prior to departure.

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The transformation of 23 of Etihad’s Airbus A320 and A321 aircrafts will occur between now and August, with the operation set to be completed by September.

Etihad Group CEO Tony Douglas said, “Etihad has always been a challenger brand, shaping the future of travel as the market constantly changes. We are bringing the leadership and innovation to Economy travel which we have long established in our award-winning Business, First and The Residence cabins.”

It is predicted that the removal of the entertainment screens will save the airlines 18 tonnes in weight per year, and therefore reduce the amount of fuel used for the aircraft yearly. Long-haul Etihad flights will still operate as normal, with individual TVs in seat backs.

Etihad will also introduce a new economy dining concept as part of larger changes to their flights. Going forward, the main course of the complimentary dining service will be a larger, bistro-style meal on journeys of over three hours, with dessert served separately with coffee and tea. On shorter flights, dessert will continue to be served with the main meal.

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